Windows 10 gets graphical Linux apps with GPU support

The Linux Tux mascot on Windows 10

Larry ewing

The Windows 10 Windows subsystem for Linux is already extremely powerful, even including a Linux kernel integrated with WSL 2.0. Now, Microsoft is making it even more powerful, enabling graphical Linux desktop applications and GPU hardware acceleration support.

It’s still about developers: Support for the Graphical Linux desktop app will allow developers to run their favorite integrated development environments for Linux on Windows. Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) support will enable hardware acceleration for GPU computing tasks such as parallel computing and machine learning workflows.

Technically, it was already possible to run graphical Linux desktop applications on Windows 10 by installing a third-party X server. That will no longer be necessary, it will just work out of the box, and Microsoft is working hard to make graphical applications run. GPU support is new and was not possible for Linux applications on Windows 10 until this latest update.

There is also another new feature. Microsoft promises that it will be easier to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux in a faster and more simplified way. You will only have to run the wsl.exe -install command.

Microsoft announced these features at Build 2020. All of these new features will not be available immediately. We hope to see them added to Windows 10 Insider builds soon, and then they will hit stable versions of Windows 10 in the future.

For example, Microsoft announced WSL 2.0 that it will run a real Linux kernel on Windows 10 in the 2019 build in May 2019. That feature is not yet available to everyone on a stable basis and will only debut with the release of the May 2020 update. Windows 10 later. this month.

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